Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10  

    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10

    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10

    How to Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10
    Published by Category: Customization
    08 Mar 2019
    Designer Media Ltd


    How to Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10


    The Recently added list on your Start menu shows the latest new desktop apps and Windows apps installed.

    Starting with Windows 10 build 17083, you can prevent the Start Menu from displaying a list of recently installed apps.

    This tutorial will show you how to enable or disable the ability to show the Recently added apps list on the Start Menu for all users in Windows 10.

    You must be signed in as an administrator to enable or disable the "Recently added" list on the Start Menu.


     CONTENTS:

    • Option One: Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor
    • Option Two: Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file


    EXAMPLE: "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu
    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10-recently_added_apps_list_in_start_menu_enabled.jpg Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10-recently_added_apps_list_in_start_menu_disabled.jpg






    OPTION ONE

    Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users in Local Group Policy Editor



    The Local Group Policy Editor is only available in the Windows 10 Pro, Enterprise, and Education editions.

    All editions can use Option Two below.

    1. Open the Local Group Policy Editor.

    2. In the left pane of the Local Group Policy Editor, click/tap on to expand Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, and Start Menu and Taskbar. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10-recently_added_apps_list_in_start_menu_gpedit-1.jpg

    3. In the right pane of Start Menu and Taskbar, double click/tap on the Remove "Recently added" list from Start Menu policy to edit it. (see screenshot above)

    4. Do step 5 (enable) or step 6 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     5. To Enable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Not Configured or Disabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Not Configured is the default setting.


     6. To Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

    A) Select (dot) Enabled, click/tap on OK, and go to step 7 below. (see screenshot below)

    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10-recently_added_apps_list_in_start_menu_gpedit-2.jpg

    7. When finished, you can close the Local Group Policy Editor if you like.

    8. You can either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.






    OPTION TWO

    Enable or Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users using a REG file



    The downloadable .reg files below will add and modify the DWORD value in the registry key below.

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    HideRecentlyAddedApps DWORD

    (delete) = Enable
    1 = Disable


    1. Do step 2 (enable) or step 3 (disable) below for what you would like to do.


     2. To Enable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

    This is the default setting.

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Enable_Recently_added_apps_list_on_Start_Menu.reg

    Download


     3. To Disable "Recently added" Apps List on the Start Menu for All Users

    A) Click/tap on the Download button below to download the file below, and go to step 4 below.

    Disable_Recently_added_apps_list_on_Start_Menu.reg

    Download

    4. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

    5. Double click/tap on the downloaded .reg file to merge it.

    6. When prompted, click/tap on Run, Yes (UAC), Yes, and OK to approve the merge.

    7. You can either restart the explorer process, sign out and sign in, or restart the computer to apply.

    8. You can now delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.


    That's it,
    Shawn




  1. Posts : 51
    Windows 10
       #1

    Hi, I noticed an interesting problem with your registry editor tweak for this setting; although it does work for newer versions of Windows 10 (it works on Windows 10 Home Build 17134), it doesn't work on some older builds, such as 14393. Do you happen to know of any way to edit this setting with a registry tweak on older builds such as 14393? All of my online research has lead me nowhere so far.
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  2. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,772
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #2

    Hello John,

    I'm not aware of an option for builds earlier than 17083.
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  3. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #3

    Hello @Brink

    In my v1809 Windows Pro version, I can't find this reg path you mentioned here i.e.
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\Windows\Explorer

    basically, that 'explorer' isn't there under Windows, see this picture
    Enable or Disable Recently Added apps on Start Menu in Windows 10-1.jpg

    Any idea what's wrong here?
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  4. Brink's Avatar
    Posts : 48,772
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro for Workstations build 19635
    Thread Starter
       #4

    @SM03,

    Nothing is wrong. The registry key and value do not get added until the policy has been configured (enabled or disabled).
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  5. Posts : 100
    Windows 10 Pro
       #5

    Brink said:
    @SM03,

    Nothing is wrong. The registry key and value do not get added until the policy has been configured (enabled or disabled).
    oh nice thanks
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